When running a childcare centre in Rockingham or other Perth suburbs, one of the biggest problems we face is when parents bring a child to us and that child should either stay home or be taken to the doctor.
We thought it might be helpful to review symptoms that mean it’s time to call an ambulance right now. You obviously know your child better than we do, but if your child has any of these symptoms, we recommend contacting an ambulance. With children, it’s always “better safe than sorry.”
When to Call the Ambulance
These are conditions we feel should be responded to by calling an ambulance for your child.
If your child is extremely drowsy or can’t be woken up, it could be the sign of a serious illness.
Extreme Change in Crying Tone or Pattern
If your child won’t stop crying, has a higher pitch than usual or the cries are weak, this is a departure from the norm. It isn’t always life-threatening, but it’s better to find out than leave your child in a compromised state for too long.
Difficulty Breathing or Changes in Breathing Pattern
The signs of breathing difficulty are having to breathe a lot harder to get air into lungs, persistent coughing or visible pulling in of the rib muscles when breathing. If your child is having trouble breathing, they may not be able to make sounds or talk. If it has already gone on too long, your child could look blue. There may be noise with each breath.
This is a no-brainer. If you can’t wake your child up or get them to respond, call an ambulance now.
Bulging Soft Spot
The “soft spot” at the crown of the head should be covered over by one year of age. If the soft spot bulges, it could mean severe brain swelling or irritation.
If your child has a rash that doesn’t blanch when you press down on the skin, it could be a symptom of a life-threatening illness: meningococcal meningitis.
Contact Your Nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre Today
If you live in the Rockingham area, contact Cuddles Childcare Centre Bertram on +61 (08) 9419 1844.